Android Central

Roku has just updated the remote control app for their TV set-top box so you can also play content from your Android device on the big screen. This includes pictures and videos, as well as the usual access to web-based streaming services like Netflix, YouTube, Crackle, and others. You can also launch into channels over voice with this new update, and name multiple Roku boxes whatever you like. A nice little perk of this update is that the app is now available in Canada, the U.K., and Ireland. 

Roku's mobile app first launched on Android in March, but at that point it was pretty much strictly about controlling your Roku over Wi-Fi with simple stuff like volume and playback control, but this update seems to add a fair bit more functionality. 

Any Roku owners in the house? Digging the experience compared to, say, Google TV? 

Source: Roku

There are 17 comments

This is awesome, I've been waiting for this for youtube, etc. on my roku!

jj14x says:

Figures - 2 days after I pay for Juice...

vansmack says:

Huge update. Can't wait to try this when I get home.

Thanks Roku!

TxAndroidGuy says:

Awesome! This will make streaming phone videos and pictures so much EASIER! Good idea Roku!

Love the update, just wish it did screen mirroring.

Hand_O_Death says:

I am just about to sell my CoStar to my Mom and buy a new Roku, this is all icing on the cake.

mrkrabs78 says:

can't figure how to stream vids

The Moebius says:

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this app does not stream vids OR YouTube (unless I am seriously missing something). Just Photos and Music. I was all bummed because I've been waiting forever for SOME kind of Google/YouTube integration... sadly this is not it. Might want to update the article. :(

msvanhorn says:

Bummer, it requires one of the newer generation Roku's. It won't work on my three year old Roku Box.

Suntan says:

That is what I was afraid to hear. Not worth replacing all my roku boxes just to get phone connectivity.


Suntan says:

That is what I was afraid to hear. Not worth replacing all my roku boxes just to get phone connectivity.


bcbenton says:

This is great! No video though, must music and pictures. But still, it's a very nice feature. I imagine that video would be a bit more difficult. Maybe next update will handle video.

Cool. I was hoping for video but yeah, it's just music and photos. Was also waiting for the promised Amazon Cloud Player support but being able to stream directly from my phone is a good alternative for now.

Really loving the Roku updates.

jeffreytz says:

Bah, new feature doesn't work with my Roku XDS (which isn't all that old!). I'd love to stream my pictures off my Galaxy Nexus but I don't use the Roku very often so it doesn't seem worth upgrading to the new model. Unless, of course, it suddenly dies or something ...

wickets says:

This article is terrible. the author talks about streaming video etc when commentators are clearly pointing out that video isnt a feature.....not very good mr sage

bithooked says:

Tried it last night, using my Android phone. I was excited when I heard about it, but now I'm disappointed. It does work well with photos. However, the music feature doesn't work if you use Google Music (their cloud music feature) even if you have music "pinned" (cached offline). No video. It's good to see Roku trying, but Google really needs to add an Airplay competitor to Android.

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